STERN GROVE FESTIVAL 2012
A unique musical experience!
Free concerts every Sunday from June 24 to August 26.
Here comes the so expected 75th edition of the Stern Grove Festival that offers free concerts in San Francisco's magnificent Sigmund Stern Grove.
In 1932, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in the Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees located in Sunset. Mrs. Stern, then President of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association in 1938, stipulating that "all concerts were to be free to the public and designed for everyone's enjoyment". A Bay Area tradition was born!
In keeping with Mrs. Stern's vision, the selection of performers is so diverse in order to let all the music styles express themselves on stage and address all the publics.
The Big Picnic will take place on June 24, as the grand opening of the Festival featuring Anita Baker and the Family Stone and Glide Ensemble.
The SF Symphony is expected on July 8 with Beethoven's Symphony No9 for its cult annual performance in the Grove.
The SF Ballet will "join the dance" on July 29 (for its only Summer performance in the Bay area).
The hip hop malian trio SMOD should have a dancing crowd as an audience on August 5. Watch their video, it sounds so buoyant and light hearted.
Al Jarreau is also in the line-up (scheduled for August 12).
Check the whole Festival calendar (printable format) and see all the performing artists.
The Festival offers also programs (KIDS DAYS) for the kids centered around music and dance. They're free but you're expected to register in advance.
Furthermore, from 12pm to 1pm, before each concert, the Stern Grove Festival’s KidStage organizes activities for kids of all ages. Join the fun and enjoy!
Stern Grove Festival
Free concerts every Summer Sunday @ 2 :00 pm
June 24 - August 26
Sigmund Stern Grove – 19th Avenue et Sloat Boulevard